Standard Account

The Standard account offers an exceptional trading experience, designed for serious traders who want our full catalog of products and anonymous order execution with no trading restrictions.

  • Balance: $5,000 to $25,000
  • Forex Leverage: up to 100:1
  • Minimum Lot Size: 1K
  • Forex Execution: No Dealing Desk

Have experience trading the market? Want to run automated trading systems? Our Standard account is our most popular, with tight spreads and no trading restrictions—great for scalpers and EA traders.


With our No Dealing Desk execution, we give you the best available price from a pool of liquidity providers who compete for your order. This means you trade on the direct quotes we receive from our liquidity providers with no hidden markups, and our transparent commissions now start as low as $0.03 per 1K lot.


On our Standard accounts with No Dealing Desk execution, you receive anonymous order execution—liquidity providers don't see where you are in the market. All your orders, stops and limits stay on our servers, sent as blind market orders to the liquidity providers. Additionally, you have potential for price improvements on all order types.


Standard accounts have access to market depth on our Trading Station platform. With market depth, you see multiple tiers of pricing with liquidity available at each price. This added tool gauges possible market direction, great for day traders and scalpers.


With the Standard account, you access our entire catalog of currency pairs including crosses, exotics and the Chinese yuan. See all currency pairs.


The Standard account offers ideal flexibility for a variety of strategies. You can use any platform we offer and trade any style. Day traders, scalpers, automated traders—the Standard account gives you the freedom to trade the way you want.

Standard and Active Trader Accounts: Standard and Active Trader accounts offer 18 CFD instruments and up to 39 currency pairs. FXCM may decide at its sole discretion to add or remove any CFD instruments or currency pairs. Standard and Active Trader accounts default to a Low Spreads + Commission pricing structure. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay. Experienced traders can trade Standard and Active Trader accounts with up to 100:1 leverage. Traders that are new to FX and CFD trading will be defaulted to 50:1 leverage. Standard and Active Trader accounts with equity below 10,000 CCY may be switched to a Mini Account. 

Leverage: Leverage is a double-edged sword and can dramatically amplify your profits. It can also just as dramatically amplify your losses. Trading foreign exchange with any level of leverage may not be suitable for all investors. 

Commissions: Commission-based pricing is available on Standard and Active Trader account types. Commissions are charged at the open and close of trades in the denomination of the account. 

Compensation: When executing customers' trades, FXCM can be compensated in several ways, which include, but are not limited to: charging fixed lot-based commissions at the open and close of a trade, adding a markup to the spreads it receives from its liquidity providers for certain account types, and adding a markup to rollover. Under the Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM may act as a dealer and may receive additional compensation from trading. 

Execution Disclaimer: FXCM aggregates bid and ask prices from a pool of liquidity providers and is the final counterparty when trading forex on FXCM's dealing desk and No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution models. With NDD, FXCM's platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. In addition to the spread, the trading cost with NDD is a fixed lot-based commission at the open and close of the trade. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. This may occur due to, but not limited to, account type, such as accounts opened through a referring agent. With dealing desk execution, FXCM can act as the dealer on any or all currency pairs. Backup liquidity providers fill in when FXCM does not act as the dealer. FXCM’s dealing desk has fewer liquidity providers than NDD. There are many other factors to consider when choosing an execution model (such as conflict of interest, trading style or strategy). See Execution Risks. Note: Contractual relationships with liquidity providers are consolidated through the FXCM Group, which, in turn, provides technology and pricing to the group affiliate entities. 

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